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Fun with Space Opera

StarFall – The Dalea Chronicles

“Only when you were to have found yourself in the most remote and darkest depths of space where you can clearly hear yourself scream while no one else can, does the true terror and reality of your situation fully set in while you choose between fight or flight where neither may be available.”
–  Bob Sellers JR, StarFall

After having watched many podcasts and read much about the rather oddly named genre of Space Opera, I began to consider developing one or more of my own while I continue to craft the next books of my ongoing Weird-Wild-West series.

Most if not all fans of space adventures are clearly well aware by now that in space no one can hear you scream, that is unless they happen to be on the same communication channel which undoubtedly would be far worse than not having heard you at all as you fade away to the utter cold and darkness of space.

What initially got me going with my Weird-Wild-West series was that few if any had ever really written about the paranormal during that particular time in history while I’ve considered much of the same about thousands of years into the future where they undoubtedly would still be around.

It was rather ironic to have discovered along the way that Western movies indeed played a part in the definition as well.

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare , melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance , and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space , it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons , and other sophisticated technology . The term has no relation to music, but is instead a play on the terms ” soap opera ” and ” horse opera “, the latter of which was coined during the 1930s to indicate clichéd and formulaic Western movies.

So I have opted to begin my space opera adventures with a pair of twin sisters who are also witches of a very different sort between them who inadvertently find themselves in a situation that quickly becomes catastrophic along with an odd plot of sorts that although it does not initially involve them directly, quickly pulls them into a web of intrigue and danger even further from home than they would have liked to have been otherwise.

During their journeys they will discover an interesting cadre of aliens who will help them understand perhaps what and where they are along with why and how it was that they may have gotten there.

It has become as fun writing about what may be available in the future as it is with what technological wonders were available in the mid to late 1800’s while I map my own technological path.

As linked from images above and below you can find my Work In Progress as it is built, although beware of splinters and possible rewrites as the story progresses.

One additional benefit for my Weird-Wild-West series is that when I develop something in the future that may need of a history of sorts I can play into it in the past in some situations where it may have also been around in the Weird Wild West.

Bob Sellers JR

Now also available is Dead-Men Hanging as well.

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